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Once in a while, I come across a book that is so right up my street it lets itself into my house, kicks off its shoes and curls up on my sofa, and thi ...more
Sep 30, 2014
Sep 29, 2014
Looking Out of Broken Windows
One of the things I love about being the editor of 1000words is that it puts me in the path of writers whose work I might not otherwise come across, w ...more
Aug 13, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
All right, I confess: I knew I was going to love this flash-fiction collection before I even bought it. David Hartley is another one of those fantasti ...more
Oct 08, 2014
Oct 06, 2014
Time: A Flash-Fiction Collection
I’m no expert on the concept of time travel (I gave up physics after GCSE, and I only got a grade C in A-Level Maths.), but I admire anyone who can ge ...more
Oct 19, 2014
Oct 13, 2014
Beautiful Words: Some Meanings and Some Fictions Too (Book 1)
When we finally grow up, my little sister and I are going to run our own shop, and in this shop we are going to sell coffee, cake, stationary and book ...more
Mar 19, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
Someone Else's Skin
'Someone Else’s Skin' by Sarah Hilary has been described as ‘the crime debut of the year’ and I can’t disagree. It’s been a few months since I read it ...more
Apr 19, 2014
Feb 28, 2014
Eating My Words: 2014 National Flash-Fiction Day Anthology
'Eating My Words: A National Flash-Fiction Day Anthology' is the third flash-fiction collection produced by the NFFD team, and is just as brilliant as ...more
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Jul 06, 2014
Small Island
This is an amazing book, both beautifully written and horribly uncomfortable. It roused all sorts of emotion in me: At the start of the book, I found ...more
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Jul 24, 2011
The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945
It took me a long time to settle into this book. It is heavy with narrative (which, I suppose, is one of the characteristics of a memoir), and I alway ...more
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Jul 24, 2011
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Bruno is nine years old, and, like most children, he is completely oblivious to anything that doesn't directly affect him. All he is concerned about i ...more
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Jul 24, 2011
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
The easiest way to describe this book is as Nineteen Eighty-Four for children, but that would be selling it short. Although written for children, this ...more
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Jul 24, 2011
Things I loved about this book:

1. The narrator - a sardonic character in his/her own right who weaves words into the most vivid of images and plays hi
Oct 25, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles, #1)
A thoroughly enjoyable page-turner. Although it was slightly predictable in places, the confidence of the narrative voice completely made up for it. A ...more
Aug 31, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
Life of Pi
Although the first part of this book reads more like a lecture on theology and zoology than an actual story, from the moment young Pi finds himself in ...more
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Jul 24, 2011
The Birthday of the World and Other Stories
4.5/5 stars

One Saturday afternoon, when I was about twelve years old, my dad put a tape in our VCR and pressed play. After the pounding of the 20th Ce
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
This tender and melodic story tells of how the friends and family of a world-famous jass musician cope both with his death and with the revelation tha ...more
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Jul 24, 2011
A Jury of Her Peers
What struck me most about this story was the women's decision that the accused was guilty even though there was no real evidence that she was. They un ...more
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Jul 24, 2011
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
This collection of short stories by Raymond Carver contains I Could See the Smallest Things, THE short story that sparked my desire to become a short ...more
Aug 25, 2014
Aug 10, 2014
Lunch Hour: A flash-fiction collection
If you enjoyed Calum Kerr's Breaking Distance, the odds are you'll enjoy his recent book, Lunch Hour. The premises of both books are the same: every f ...more
Jul 15, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
A Study in Scarlet  (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
After watching and loving the BBC series Sherlock I was intrigued to see how the modern-day adaptation of Conan Doyle's detective measured up the the ...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
The Bluest Eye
In her Afterword to this book, Toni Morrison writes that she wanted The Bluest Eye to be moving rather than touching. In my opinion. she certainly ach ...more
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Jul 24, 2011
Not So Perfect: Stories
To say this book is right up my street would be an understatement (and a cliché, but we won’t worry about that!). It’s “22 short short stories; 22 not ...more
Mar 18, 2014
Mar 12, 2014
The White Tiger
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it a fascinating and highly emotive read. What appears at first glance to be a rags-to-riches story becomes so ...more
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Jul 27, 2011
Ox-Tales: Fire
From a father trying to have a relaxing holiday whilst juggling a pre-occupied wife and two whiney children, via an over-parented student trying to fi ...more
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Jul 24, 2011
I'm Not Scared
This is the vivid story of nine-year-old Michelle Amitrano, who, out playing with his friends in the scorching Italian summer of 1978, discovers a sec ...more
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Jul 24, 2011
The Orchard on Fire
In this rich and exquisitely evocative novel, nine-year-old April moves with her family to a quiet Kent village and becomes the best friend of Ruby (t ...more
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Jul 24, 2011
Bad Dirt
I loved this collection of short stories set in the extreme landscape of Wyoming and examining the lives of the extreme people who live there. I loved ...more
Aug 05, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
When Will There Be Good News? (Jackson Brodie, #3)
The most gripping and darkly humorous of the three Jackson Brodie mysteries finds him, once again, in Scotland up to his eyeballs in the events of oth ...more
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Jul 24, 2011
Case Histories (Jackson Brodie, #1)
I thoroughly enjoyed this roller-coaster of a book. The characters felt like real people, and the story felt like it could really (and sadly) happen. ...more
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Jul 24, 2011
One Good Turn (Jackson Brodie, #2)
Another roller-coaster of a “literary mystery” in which Jackson Brodie once again finds himself embroiled, through no fault of his own, in murder and ...more
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Jul 24, 2011
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